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Noah’s on a tear

Lately I haven’t had much time to think about anything outside of work aside from my favourite Chelsea coffe place, street art and tagging. What’s unfortunate is that I haven’t […]

the penguin blog

As a I ponder the redesign of my own blog (and yes, even the name) I’m reminded of how a very clean and simple layout can maintain a visual feel […]

Spam Karma

Wobbly Text Spam, originally uploaded by Michael Surtees. Everyone gets spam, but if you blog you’ll also get spam entries for your blog. From time to time I’ll get some […]

Ethical Dilemma

Here’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a while. Is it ethical to blog about something that you find through a link from a contact inside your network? Oh […]

A pattern

I’m not sure what it takes for you to consider something a pattern, but for me it only takes two other people. If something has caught my attention and then […]


, originally uploaded by sueanddanny. Yes, even Canadian’s in the USA celebrate this holiday, especially this one considering I haven’t been on a break since the big move. Happy hunting […]

How can you not click on this?

Letter written on toilet paper – http://www.notebookism.com/2006/11/letter_written_.html

Loser Singletons

“Having spent decades deriding singletons as losers with all the social skills of a rock, advertisers now want to make friends with those of us with just the one toothbrush […]

Profanity at the book fair

I was tipped off about Dexter Sinister some time ago from my friend Ray. However when I was walking around the NY Art Book Fair I felt a little lost […]

graphic design culture today

Go read the Thin PMS185 Line, by Andy Rutledge, it’s much better than anything I could possibly write about the subject and he shares a lot of common things that […]

Reading all those Blogs…

How do you read all those blogs out there? RSS feed, open up sites one at a time? Me, I have just under a 100 sites bookmarked in their own […]

magCulture Blog

When it comes to publishing, the only thing I luv more than books is magazines and newspapers. Recently I was happy to discover magCulture, a blog about magazines and yes, […]

All those 0101010111100010101’s

Ok, I thought today was going to be a non blogging day – that lasted all of twenty minutes. I caught a great comment from the post titled Binary Code […]

Blog in blog out

When the blog in the ad is then blogged about by the blog – confused yet? http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2006/10/bldgberry.html Even the creative director chimes in. If you missed the original BlackBerry Pearl […]


ad_space, originally uploaded by Michael Surtees. This diagram isn’t really illustrating anything but the obvious, but it’s a good reminder of where eyes seem to go on a website. The […]

Sadly no photos

Last night Unbeige through a pretty good party in New York. People seemed friendly and I thought I recognized a face or two. Sadly I loaned my camera to a […]

wikiality by Stephan Colbert

Quoting from the landing page: Welcome to Wikiality, the Wiki dedicated to upholding and documenting truthiness. Wikiality isn’t about what “factonistas” might sneeringly deride using phrases like: “statistical trends”, or […]

Good Read?

I’m not a huge fan of design magazines, but I do have to say that it was nice to see the image from 37 Signals this morning. While I haven’t […]

Looking Down: how the volume/channel rockers moved up

After years about hearing about TiVo in Canada where the cable monopoly kept the recording device out, it’s nice to finally have the capability to start recording shows now that […]

Friday three for free

Going Up, originally uploaded by Delay Tactics. Accessibility for blind people: http://www.pingmag.jp/2006/09/29/accessibility-for-blind-people/ Direct Quote: Write meaningful links. Making links understandable out of context helps users who might not have read […]


Steve Portigal, a fellow Canadian and instructor at CCA passed me on to Katie, a student wondering about bloggers and blogging for a future project she’s doing. Here’s how the […]

Writing it down

“Maybe ads/brands/whatever work more like velcro than like a bullet or a tennis ball. It’s not about one big, simple hook, but thousands of little ones. If some of them […]

Two degrees of Hi, a likemind success story

There’s probably an infinite number of way to start this post, so I’ll just pick the one that first comes to mind. A number of weeks ago I was sitting […]

Likemind III

If you haven’t heard of Likemind and are in NYC, check out the site at http://likemind.us/ Today was the third gathering and the second that I’ve been lucky enough to […]

The word of the day is

u n e x p e c t e d Is it also the new word for creativity? Think about it, you see something cool on the net, you want […]

http://del.icio.us/Michael_Surtees Tags

Have you ever studied your http://del.icio.us tags? What does it say about your interests? Here’s all of my tags for http://del.icio.us/Michael_Surtees 10, 37signals, accessibility, activism, adobe, ads, advertising, agency, aggregator, […]


Stephen Colbert illustrates the new wikiality of the wiki over at Colbert on Wikipedia. How’s that for a fragmented sentence?

make it cult-flick, before it’s actually cult

I probably shouldn’t do this, but I can’t really expand on how the movie industry is marketing films. So I quote in it’s entirety from mircea over at Werkernet. I […]

Photo of the day

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Today’s Inspiration

As I watched the video clip from PSFK asking the question of “Where Do You Get Inspiration?” it got me to think about my first real full time week in […]

Something to think about today

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s/women’s blood and probably will themselves not be realized.” Daniel Burnham, the great visionary architect of Chicago I found that […]

We’re Here

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No More

While Tamara, Maddie and I hit the road (today Saskatoon, tomorrow Winnipeg, some where in the USA after that), I’ll hold off on the soapbox crits for a little while. […]

The Question

It had to happen sooner or later, that just dumping a link on my blog and mentioning “it’s interesting” wouldn’t be enough. Now that I’m in the final countdown (for […]

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